Krav Maga Tour and Train Day Four

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Day Four begins again with coffee, discussions about the previous day's visit to the Holocaust Memorial, and some basic Hebrew. We continue with defense against various types of kicks. Today we are joined by two instructors from Rehovot, Israel, Jill Shames and Naomi Milano Yitzhak.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Naomi takes a much needed water break

Image and video hosting by TinyPic After a morning of training we head out to our favorite lunch spot, now this is how humous should be!

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After lunch we view historic footage and documentation about the "Forgotten Refugees", the 750,000 Jews of Arab lands who were expelled by our Middle Eastern nieghbors and absorbed into Israel. We learn of their difficult history and brutal expulsion.

We go outside for "Self Defense in a Car", a topic often neglected in martial arts training but an important part of our program.

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Robert Amos from Indiana defends against a knife threat from passenger/terrorist Naomi of Rehovot, Israel. Naomi defends against a gun threat.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic In Israel the modern the and ancient live side by side. As we are training for defense inside a car a local nomad rides by on his donkey, as did our forefathers on this very land for millenium.

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Scary situations here, but we must learn to deal with it.

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Our group for Day Four!

Blog by Jill Shames

A Little Bit Crazy In self-defense on May 14, 2010 at 01:42

I had such a great time yesterday, it was worth every second. Well, maybe I would have skipped the particular second that I tried to stop a knife attack with my pinkie and ended up with a broken hand, but other than that…

Yesterday morning, my student and colleague, Naomi Yitzhak and I drove to Maaleh Adumim, a small city near Jerusalem, to join a group of travelers from abroad who are here to train in IKI Krav Maga with Moshe Katz.

Moshe Katz was one of the first martial artists I met in Israel. We have been friends and colleagues ever since. He is one of the most knowledgeable, dedicated and generous instructors I have ever met.

Like a true “artist”, Moshe starved in obscurity for many years. Then, a couple of years ago, Moshe was finally “discovered” by members of the international martial arts community. He travels all over Europe and the United States teaching seminars. Now he has started hosting seminars here in Israel as well to give students of Krav Maga the opportunity to experience the Land and People that produced this in-your-face form of self-defense training.

The men with whom Naomi and I trained came to Israel expressly to train with Moshe—or more correctly, to Tour & Train with him: Craig Grey from Grand Rapids, MI, Tim Hillis from Cottonwood, Arizona, Fred Heins from Tilburg, Holland, Stephan Shutter from Germany, Robert Amos from Indiana and Justin and Gary, two of Robert’s students.

We worked on all kinds of knife and gun defenses including defenses inside a car based on the same simple, straight-forward and effective principles. There is something so rewarding about taking these nightmare scenarios, analyzing them and finding ways to deal with them, fusing the mind and the body to make the ‘impossible’ possible. And when you are lucky enough to do that together with people of this caliber, generous, humble and dedicated, it is a truly spiritual experience.

Those of you who read this and think, ‘this woman is crazy’ are in good company. I could intellectualize and argue that, in the world of self-defense, as the song says: “We’re never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy”.

But those of you who need no explanation, who identify with the high of this kind of body-mind-spirit learning and growth, painful though it may sometimes be, you probably identify, as i do, with these sentiments from the same song: “In a world full of people, only some want to fly. Isn’t that crazy?”

Day Four Afternoon - Evening

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Our Tour & Train visitors train with the kids. They are impressed with the kids ability, the kids have a super time.

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Yaakov Agranat blocks knife attack by Robert Amos of Indiana

We had begun our day at 9:30, some of the guys left for some private touring of Jerusalem, while others stayed to train with our local Maaleh Adumim guys.

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The day ended at 10 p.m. until tomorrow morning....

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